Roger L. Simon

Biden: Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Joseph Biden is frankly a comic character and we are lucky to have him. Things are just too grim these days – what with the putative swine flu catastrophe, the economic decline and Islamopsychos on the rise in Iraq again. We need a little Biden in our life. Kinda takes the edge off, listening to him bluster non sequiturs about the coming (or not) pandemic, telling us his family won’t be taking any public transportation at the same time he insists we shouldn’t close the border.

And speaking of transportation, that reminds me of what a great character our current Veep would have made in the 1987 film Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Can’t you just see the younger Steve Martin (in one of his great frantic doofus roles) as the younger Biden? [He would need hair plugs.-ed. Now, now. No point lingering in the past.) The log line for the movie goes: A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion. Isn’t that just Biden returning to Delaware daily on Amtrak? [Wouldn’t we need a substitute for the John Candy role?-ed. I’m afraid so.]

People see Biden as a mistake. They are wrong. He is the best member of the new administration so far. What would we do without him? As an even greater politician once said…. “Hail, Freedonia!”